Friday, 14 December 2018

Review #141 - Small Spaces by Katherine Arden




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Title: Small Spaces
Author: Katherine Arden
Publisher: GP Putnam's Sons Books
ISBN 13: 978-0525515029

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After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn't think--she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man," a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.
Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn't have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: "Best get moving. At nightfall they'll come for the rest of you." Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie's previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.
Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver's warning. As the trio head out into the woods--bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them--the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: "Avoid large places. Keep to small."
And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Review #140 - Ms Marvel vol 2 - Various




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Title: Ms Marvel Vol 2
Author: Various
Publisher: Marvel
ISBN 13: 978-0785198369

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Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school Valentine's Day dance, but Ms. Marvel will crash it - in an attempt to capture Asgard's most annoying trickster, Loki! And when a mysterious, and really cute, stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with...a crush! Then, it's the moment you demanded, as Ms. Marvel meets her idol: Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan battle side by side! The Marvel Universe's last days have arrived, but Ms. Marvel has no time for silly things like armageddon - she's got to rescue her brother and keep her city from falling into chaos.

COLLECTING: MS. MARVEL (2014) #12-19, S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #2; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #7-8 (A stories)
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Review #139 - The Explorer by Katherine Rundell




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Title: The Explorer
Author: Katherine Rundell
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN 13: 978-1408854877

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From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.
As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.
Except, it seems, someone has been there before them...
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Review #138 - This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada




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Title: This Cruel Design
Author: Emily Suvada
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN 13: 978-0141379289

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In bunkers and strongholds across the world, people are celebrating. There's a vaccine to the virus that has ravaged the planet for years.
But the celebrations won't last for long.
The vaccine isn't working. The virus is evolving. Catarina - genehacker, reluctant warrior - must find the one person who can help her. A man who is guilty of unimaginable crimes.
Time is ticking, she only has three days before shadowy gentech corporation Cartaxus will use lethal code to wipe out every person on the planet's surface.
Kill the hosts, kill the virus.
Forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts, Cat discovers that the biggest threat of all may be buried in her own mind.
The end of the world is approaching. Can she stop it? 
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Review #137 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman




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Title: Scythe
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Walker Books
ISBN 13: 978-1406379242

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In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.
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Review #136 - Frostfire by Jamie Smith




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Title: Frostfire
Author: Jamie Smith
Publisher: Chicken House
ISBN 13: 978-1911077879

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Chosen for the honour of bonding with a frostsliver - a fragment of the sentient glacier that crests her icy home - Sabira embarks on the dangerous pilgrimage to the top of the mountain. But when a huge avalanche traps her on the glacier and destroys the pass, Sabira is determined to find another way home. In order to survive, she must face up to the merciless mountain - but there are dark and fiery secrets hiding in its depths ...
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Review #135 - The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth




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Title: The Light Between Worlds
Author: Laura Weymouth
Publisher: Chicken House
ISBN 13: 978-1911490036

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Six years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were swept from war-torn England and into a woodland fantasy kingdom. Now back in the real world, eldest sister Philippa is relieved, but Evelyn is grieving for the magical place she called home. When she goes missing, Philippa must confront the truth of what happened to them, and the lengths her little sister was willing to go for a chance to return to the kingdom of her heart ...
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